Here’s an interesting case: Someone posts a video on YouTube showing State Rep.Tarah Toohil (R PA) as a young woman smoking what appears to be a bong and about to kiss a woman sitting nearby. Rep. Toohil acknowledges that she is the young woman in the video, but in a video response says “I am not that young woman today,” and denouncing this “blatant and personal attack on me as a legislator …”
So far so good. But next, “Anonymous” posts a video, just before election day, urging Toohil to change her position on legalization of marijuana or else face additional “exposure” of her “secrets.”
It featured an image of an empty suit, with a question mark in place of a head, as well as a montage of the black-and-white Guy Fawkes masks that were popularized by the film V for Vendetta and that have become a symbol for protests such as the Occupy movement. The 85-second video borrowed the slogan of Anonymous, the elusive hackers who have taken on everyone from the Church of Scientology to banks: “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us.” The voice-over, female and British-accented, said the “legions” were disappointed by Toohil’s response to the surfacing of photos showing her with what appeared to be marijuana. The voice demanded she support decriminalizing the drug – or else. “Everyone has secrets,” the voice intoned. “Please do not give us a reason to expose yours.”
The PA State police is investigating this as a possible felony. The Phil. Inquirer story quotes George Parry, a Philadelphia defense lawyer and former state and federal prosecutor, who said, after reviewing the “secrets” video, that “on its face, it could constitute criminal conduct in that it aims to sway a legislator.